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3This morning we speak concerning the Faith for the Bride of Christ to manifest as sons of God. Now, from his sermon Manifested sons of God - 60-0518 12. Now, the first thing Paul starts out here to tell the people, is to get all the... Remember, this is to the church, not to the outsider. It's a mystery and riddles to him, never able to understand it, goes over the top of his head; he does no more know about it than nothing. But to the church it's honey in the rock; it's joy unspeakable; it's the blessed assurance; it's the anchor of the soul; it's our hope and stay; it's the Rock of Ages; oh, it's everything that is good. For heavens and earth will pass away, but God's Word shall never pass away. 13. But the man outside of Canaan knows nothing of it; he's still wandering. Not saying that he's not a good man, I don't say that. I don't say the man even in Egypt's not a good man, but until he has come over into this possession, and the possession that...The promise that was given to the church is not a natural land, but a spiritual land; for we are a royal priesthood, a holy nation. Then in this royal priesthood, holy nation, peculiar people, called out, elected, chosen, set aside, then all the world is dead on the outside. And we are led by the Spirit. Sons and daughters of God are led by the Spirit of God, not by man, but by the Spirit.
5Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, 2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) 3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; 4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: 5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: 6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: 7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: (called to be sanctified ones) Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. 8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.
6Notice that the faith of this group of sanctified people is spoken of throughout the whole world. That is what the book of Romans is all about. It was not to the believers at Rome, but to the sanctified believers throughout the entire world. And Paul said he thanked God that the Faith of these believers was being spoken of throughout the whole world. Then we see in Romans 8:19 Paul speaks of the sons of God being manifested as Sons of God.
8Now, brother Branham speaks of this Scripture in his sermon, Manifested sons of God - 60-0518 pp. 16 Now, we're going to get Romans 8, the 19th verse of the 8th chapter of Romans. "For the earnest expectation... the creation waiteth for the manifestations of the sons of God." 16. With earnest expectations, the whole creation is waiting for the manifestation (See?), the manifestation. What is the manifestation? Making known. The whole world. The Mohammedans over yonder, they're looking for it. All around, everywhere, they're looking for it. "Where is these people?" We've had the... We've had a mighty rushing wind; we've had thunders and lightnings; we've had oil and blood; we've had all kinds of things; but we failed to hear that little still small Voice that attracted the prophet, that wrapped the robe around him, and walked out, said, "Here am I, Lord." See? 17. Now, the whole creation is groaning and waiting for the manifestations of the sons of God. Now, Paul is going to first place the church exactly where it belongs. Now, just to get the background, let's read again. Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints... (That's the sainted ones.)... which are at Ephesus, and... the faithful in Christ Jesus:
9So this promise of God that "the whole world", as Paul said, "the entire world" is longing to see, this promise is not for just anyone. It is not a promise to the church, it is a promise for the Elect of God, the ones Paul calls "the sanctified ones, sainted ones, the faithful in Christ Jesus,"
10Brother Branham also said in pp 24 Manifested sons of God - 60-0518 And these mysteries has been hid now, remember, the Bible said, "Since the foundation of the world, waiting for the manifestations of the sons of God," to display them to the church. Oh, my. You get it?
12The word manifestation that the Apostle Paul used here concerning what the Sons of God are to do was translated from the Greek word Apokalupsis, and it means: disclosure: or appearing, to lighten, manifestation, to be revealed, revelation.
Therefore the whole world is waiting for the sons of God to display, reveal or manifest that they have entered into this revelation, which Faith is a revelation, something that is revealed. That means there is a revelation or revealing that we are ordained to concerning our being placed positionally in the body of Christ, and this revelation of our rightful position in the body of Christ is said by the apostle Paul that the entire world is earnestly expecting for this to happen.
13From his sermon The Masterpiece 64-0705 108 brother Branham said, "Now, for nearly two thousand years God has been again making Him a Masterpiece, because He struck Adam to get a piece off of him (part of him), a rib to make a wife for him. And now, that perfect Masterpiece that He struck at Calvary, He got a piece off of Him. It's just the New Testament; that's all. He fulfilled the Old Testament.
16Notice then that he said the Old was the Husband and the New is the Wife which is the Bride. And then he says, that Jesus fulfilled the Old and the Bride will fulfill the New, and then adds, that it took the Old to foreshow the New.
17In other words if the fulfillment of the old which was Christ was needed to fulfill the new, and Christ was the fulfillment of the Old, so the Bride will be the fulfillment of the New, then we are looking at Christ Jesus as the very pattern to fulfill the new.
18Then what we are looking at in this sermon here is how the Bride of Christ is to come into the very image of Christ. And how that as Jesus was God’s Masterpiece fulfilling the Old Testament, so too the Bride of Christ will be the Masterpiece of God that will fulfill the new Testament.
22Now, most people who read this statement from the Apostle Paul think in terms of the sons of God manifesting as sons of God will be some great display of power but that is not what he is telling us at all.
23Even Jesus denied that he had all power, for he said in John 5:19 19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. 20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.
24And again we see in John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. Then Jesus explains this when he says...
26In other words, Jesus tells us "if I could do these things of myself then how would you know it is from God?" And "if I point to myself, then I would surely be lying because no man can do these things except God does them, because these things are not humanly possible, for only God can do them. Therefore if I said, "Look at me, see what I am doing", I would be a liar, because it is not me that is doing, but God that is doing, and I am just acting out the part he wants me to play in this that you see being done."
27But watch what Jesus says next, and you will see that is exactly what I've described to you. 32 There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.
29See, that is exactly what Jesus was saying, I can of mine own self do nothing: and I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. And The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
32And then the Apostle Paul says next, ... 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; (Being a son of God is not something to fear, but rather this obedient spirit is evidence that you are a genuine son of God.) but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
33Them the Apostle Paul tells us as obedient children God will identify His Spirit working in our Spirit, Notice he says, 16 The Spirit (God's Spirit) Itself will bear witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
34Now, remember Paul had just said that sons of God are led by the Spirit of God, and then he says this, that God's Spirit will bear witness with our Spirit that we are indeed sons of God. So our actions then will be confirmed by God that indeed our actions are being guided by His Spirit.
35Manifested sons of God 60-0518 P:73 God by His election grace called you. God by His election grace sanctified you. God by His election grace and His power baptized you and put you into this land of rest. They which have entered into this rest has ceased from their going astray. They ceased from their works like God did from His. They have joy unspeakable and full of glory. The Tree of Life is blooming in them. They have long-suffering, gentle, goodness, patience, faith, meekness, gentleness, and so forth. The Tree of Life is blooming in them because their hope is anchored in Christ Jesus, the witness of the Holy Ghost bearing record with signs and wonders following the believers. "These signs shall follow them that believe." As they go along, they heal the sick; they cast out devils; they speak with tongues; they see visions. And they walk with God; they talk with God. No devil can move them; they're steadfast, looking for Eternal Life. Forgetting those things that are in the past, they press towards the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus. There they are. There you are. That's that church.
39And in Hebrews 2:4 the Apostle Paul tells us that it is "God also bearing them witness, And how does he tell us God bears witness with us? both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
41And in Romans 1:9 the Apostle Paul tells us that it Is God that is our witness. "For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;"
42And the Apostle John also tells us that God who is the Father is the witness John 8:18 I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.
And we see that Jesus claimed that God was the witness of His son-ship as well in John 5:37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.
43And not only did God bear witness with the first born son, but with other sons as well as we see in Acts 15:8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;
45And that witness of God is expressed by the very life of God living itself out in our vessels as we see in 1 John 1:2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
46In my daily routine here in my office at Church I answer a lot of emails from all over the world. Many brethren write to me and have questions concerning the Message, and one question that seems to be on the mind of the people is “what about the manifestation of the sons of God. What does that mean and how do you think it will come?"
48Romans 8: 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Then Paul goes on to say in the next verse, For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
So this manifestation of the sons of God has to do with the glory of God which is the doxa of God that is to be revealed in us. For the word manifestation comes from the same root word that the word revealed in us. Manifestation from apokalupsis and Revealed from Apokalupto. Both are forms of the same word Apokalupsis which means to reveal or manifest. And we know this word doxa means the opinion Values or judgment of God. So we see the doxa which is to be revealed in us is what is to manifest in and through the sons of God.
49Thus “the manifestation of the sons of God” has to do with this “Glory”, this "Doxa" which was in Christ first and then as we received the Spirit that was taken from the body of Jesus and given to us, then coming into us and thus being revealed in the Sons of God. In other words, the very mind of God coming into the Sons of God.
50As that was the prayer of Jesus in John 17:20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as (or in the same way)we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. 24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; ...
51Notice that Jesus said all that He loved and that loved him He is asking the Father that they be with him. That is the same thing was told to brother Branham when he was caught up to the other side.
52Having conferences 60-0608 P:71 And I said, "O God, what is this?"Just then, a voice spoke and said, "All that you ever loved, and all that ever loved you, God has given to you. We're all here together." Oh, my, my heart just melted within me. "All that you ever loved, and all that ever loved you, is gathered here with you to meet God."And I said, "Oh, praise be to God!" And about that time, I felt myself moving. I said, "I don't have to go back, do I?" And I kept... And in just a minute, I was back there at the bed again.
54We as sons of God can do no differently than Jesus did as The Son of God. Therefore in order for us to understand what it means to manifest as sons of God we must understand what it was that Jesus manifested as The Son of God.
58Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
59So it is not the ability to prophesy, nor is it the ability to do wonderful works which are miracles and such, nor is it the ability to cast out devils. Then what did the Son of God do to manifest Himself to be the Son of God?
60The same Apostle who wrote Romans is the same apostle who wrote the Book of Hebrews, and he gives us our answer in Hebrews 5: 8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
62From the sermon Patriarch Abraham the 64-0207 P:2 Brother Branham said, What a promise because of obedience. Obedience is what God wants. It was once said, "Obedience is better than sacrifice." To obey the Lord is better than any sacrifice that you could do.
64John 5:19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
65And that is being led by the Spirit. And Romans 8 right before he speaks of the doxa which shall be revealed in us and thus manifesting that doxa as sons of God, the Apostle Paul prefaces that with "Sons of God are led by the Spirit of God."
67And then verse 15 tells us we will be led by God because we have received the Same Spirit of God which is the Spirit of Sonship that only that Spirit will make us ready for God to adopt. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
68And then he tells us in the next verse 16 That God's Spirit in us will bear witness with our own Spirit that we are indeed sons. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
69And then in the next verse 17 he tells us that being sons we will be heirs of God And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
71And finally he tells us in the next verse 19 That this doxa that is to be revealed in us, which means it is to be expressed in us is what the whole creation is waiting for to happen. "For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God."
72That is why Jesus told us in John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. Because every true son will only do that which pleases the Father, and that is the expression of the doxa of God. The Opinions, values, and judgments of God expressed in us just like it was expressed through him.
73In fact Jesus tells us that the very thing he lives for in John 4:34 is to express in his life the very will of his father. "Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work."
74My meat. My very nourishment, my very source of energy is to do the will of my Father. Here is a man that lived to be obedient to his Father. That is the commandment of all children, to obey their father and mother.
78Therefore what they tell you to do should be regarded as very valuable to you. Most parents don’t tell their children to do or not do things just because they like to give that Child a hard time. That sort of person would be sick mentally. But most parents want the best for their children even though the children think they know best. But that parent has the best intentions for their children and give them advice based on their years of experience, and accrued knowledge. And children are promised that if they listen to their parents advice they will live long.
79Deuteronomy 5:16 Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath
commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
81And if we honour our Father who is eternal we shall live with Him eternally. Therefore I can say with scriptural assurance that obedience is the only sure manifestation that a child is truly a son of God. Just look at the evidence in the Son of God. Look at what he said is evidence that he loved His Father.
83John 12:49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.
85From his sermon, Hear ye Him 57-0519A P:40 brother Branham said, "Now, watch. God never did anything 'less He asked man to do, but what He did Himself. His Son, when He was born here on earth, He was an obedient Son. Every step was for the Father. Everything He done was to glorify God. And we seen God in Christ. Is that right? "No man has seen the Father at any time, but the only begotten of the Son has declared Him." The very move, the very action, everything that Christ did was God working in Him. You get it now? Now, watch what takes place. Then God takes His Son after a long life, just before Calvary, and He taken Him up on a high mountain in a public place. He brought the heavenly witnesses down. He brought the earthly witnesses up. And there God took His Son, and when they looked up, they saw a cloud that overshadowed them. And Jesus' raiment shined like the sun in the midst of the day. What was it? God put a robe on Him, just like the old adoption said. He robed Him in a glorified condition. No wonder He said, "All powers in heavens and earth is given to My hands." He robed Him and He placed Him. And then He said, "This is My beloved Son; hear ye Him." Then He had the powers of heavens and earth was given unto His hands.
87From the message Super sign 59-1227M P:49 brother Branham said, "Someone, as I have said before, wants to make Him a little short God. He was man; God was using a man. God was using a flesh that He created Himself in order to create through Him and to "Bring through Him many sons," says the Scripture, "through that obedient Son. Through one son all fell; through an obedient Son all shall live that believe." God with us, a sign, said that would be a sign. Jesus so loved to refer to Himself as Son of man, man Himself, just a man, I am nothing; "the Son can do nothing in Himself." But it's the Father was in Him, the Immanuel, that God, the baby, God, Jehovah God, that little baby cried, that was Jehovah. Did you see it? God living in a baby. God living in a teenage. What type of a teenager was He? He set the example. When He was lost by His father and His mother, they looked about to find Him, and they found Him in the temple, What did He say, as a teenager? "Know you not? Wist thou not that I must be about My Father's business?" Example for teenagers.
88Therefore in the Old Testament, in order to adopt or place your child as a true son and therefore your heir, the only evidence necessary to the father in order to adopt his child and place Him as a son was that the son was to be obedient and about his father’s business. In the message Hear ye Him, brother Branham talks about the Old Testament tradition of adoption and said, …
89Hear ye Him 57-0807 P:25 Now, if that boy is no good, yet he's a son; he's never
nothing but a son because he's born a son. But if he is not obedient and the right kind of a son, he just continues a son on out without any reward. But if that is an obedient son according to the Scriptures, then there is an adoption of that son, or the placing of that son. And then after he gets a certain age, he's taken out into a public place. And there there's the great ceremony made, out before the public. And this son is set up on a high place and there is a ceremony of adoption. Think of it now. The father adopts his own son into his family. And then after that, that son's name's just as good on a check as his dad's. It's a public ceremony, and they're all out there, and they see this father positionally place that son.
90And again from Hear ye Him 59-0424E P:40 brother Branham said, "But then what if the son still won't obey. That son, though he is a son... We can't say that he's not a son, but he will never have any inheritance. That father says that he won't listen: "He won't obey; I can't put trust in him; I'll just have to let him go. He's always a son." Now, if you're a born of the Spirit of God... I have to stay with that, because you're a son of God. But if you... You lose all the glory. Then what if this son is a good son, an obedient son. Oh, how he loves the father. How the tutor would like to say, "Oh, dad, I'll tell you what. You know that boy of yours, he's a chip off the old block. I'm telling you; he's just about your business just as... Why, he take care of it as good as you can right now." How the father swells up. "Oh, sure, that's my boy." That's the way I want Him to think about us. That's the way We want to follow the instructions of this Word, live by It, preach by It, die by It. That's what God wants us to do.
91So you see obedience is the key to manifesting or revealing in us the doxa of God. The opinions, values and judgments of our Father. And as a true son, and an heir of the father we are ordained to do it. For what good does being a son do for you if you are not adopted and acknowledged by the Father that you are a son and given inheritance from the father. Oh, you might have eternal life and live in the new earth, but you won't have inheritance and residence in the New Jerusalem.
93And in 2 Corinthians 10: 5 The Apostle Paul said, Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
94And again the Apostle Paul said in, Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
96Now, in brother Branham sermon, The Masterpiece 64-0705 pp. 109 he said, "As it taken Him four thousand years to make this Masterpiece, (He’s talking about Jesus here, who fulfilled the entire Old Testament) now He's been for nearly two thousand years making another Masterpiece: a Bride for Christ, another Masterpiece. (So we can fulfill the new testament. So we hear him speak of God taking four thousand years to bring forth his first Masterpiece, and that was Jesus His first born Obedient Son, and now it is taking God only two thousand years to bring forth another Masterpiece which is being fashioned into the very image of the Eldest Son. That is what Paul taught us in Hebrews first and then in Romans chapter 8.
98Hebrews 1: 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
99Now, notice that Jesus came forth in the image of God but it took God four thousand years to bring Him forth in His image. But now we see in Romans 8: 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. And as Jesus was brought forth in the Image of the Father we are to conformed to the image of The first born Son of God.
100And then brother Branham continues, The Masterpiece 64-0705 109 As it taken Him four thousand years to make this Masterpiece, now He's been for nearly two thousand years making another Masterpiece: a Bride for Christ, another Masterpiece. In so doing it, He does it by His never-changing method, the same way He made the Masterpiece: His Word. That's the way He makes His masterpieces. Because it can only be a perfect masterpiece when it's the perfect Word.
101And in closing we will read one last quote from pp. 28 of brother Branham's sermon Manifested sons of God - 60-0518 where he said, "And these mysteries has been hid now, remember, the Bible said, "Since the foundation of the world, waiting for the manifestations of the sons of God," to display them to the church. Oh, my. You get it?
103John 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
105Uniting time and sign 63-0818 P:69 Jesus said, At That day you know that all the Father is, I am; and all I am, you are; and all you are, I am. "In that day you'll know that I'm in the Father, Father in Me, I in you, and you in Me." See? At that day. What day? This day. We find out the great hidden mysteries of God being revealed. Oh, how I like that.
106Position in Christ 60-0522M P:85 Now, if you go out here and act like a bunch of these that...?... just 'cause you spoke in tongues. I seen devils speak with tongues. Yes, sir. I've seen them dance in the Spirit and shout and froth at the mouth, and everything else, and all that. I've seen that. I'm a...?... I ain't talking about that. I'm talking about the Spirit of God. The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are... children of God: And if then children, heirs; heirs of God,... joint-heirs with Christ; if so... that we suffer with him, that we may... also glorified together.For I reckon that the suffering... (Just listen to this. Oh, if this isn't beautiful.) For I reckon that the suffering of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (In us.)For the earnest expectations of the creature... (You got here, got a little--got a little word there, a little marginal reading, "creation" is right, in Greek.)... expectations of the creation, the creation is waiting for the manifestations of the sons of God.